Introducing Our First Ever BLOCK OF THE MONTH!

Please join us for our first ever Block of the Month! 

Follow along each month with The Clever Quilt Studio as we create

‘Manor House’ by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

We will be using Carina Gardner’s newest fabric line

Posy Garden for Riley Blake Designs!

 

Finished Quilt Size: 53”x70” (134.62cm x 177.8cm)

Block Size: 12” (30.48cm)

Blocks per Quilt: 12 sampler blocks plus 6 connector blocks

Begins July 15th 2016, sign up ends July 1st 2016 at midnight CDT

Cost: $20.00/Month plus shipping and applicable tax

  • Auto charged on the 10th of every month for 5 months after your initial payment of $20.
  • Your initial payment includes the month one kit to be shipped on July 15th. All subsequent block packets will be shipped on the 15th of each month. Since the Posy Garden fabric line won’t be released until July, the initial kit will not be shipped until July 15th and then every subsequent month thereafter.

Each Month you receive:

  • Fabric and instructions to make 2 of the 12 sampler blocks and one connector block.

The first month you will receive:

  • Fabric for the first two blocks
  • Fabric for two connector blocks
  • The Creative Grids Multi-Size 450 / 900 ruler
  • ‘Manor House’ instruction booklet

Aren’t you excited to get started on these blocks right away?

Your month three kit will include the binding fabric along with a free BONUS pattern.

If you would like us to include backing fabric please select the option and add to cart as well. This will ship this with your 1st kit. ($40 for 4 1/8 yards of backing fabric)

START DATE: This Block of the Month Club starts on July 15, 2016 and runs for 6 months

SHIPPING: The standard shipping rate of $5 will be applied at mailing. If you are an international customer the standard international rates apply.

NOTE: By signing up for this Block of the Month Club you agree for your credit card to be charged on the 1st of each month. This includes the cost of the program plus shipping.

Cancellations will only be accepted in special circumstances and a cancellation fee equal to one month’s charge will be debited to your credit card. As always we will work with you if something should arise. Please contact us at the shop.

Follow along on our sister site, The Clever Quilt Shoppe! Create with us; we’d love to see tagged posts of your progress. Use #CleverManorHouse on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll even share some of your great work on our blog as time goes on.

Click here to purchase (A special purchase icon is at the bottom of the page; it will be different than the regular cart.)  Please give us a call with any questions you may have.

We can’t wait to get started with Y’all!

~Crystal

Stacker / Layer Cake Stripe Block Quilt

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Quilt Final2

Quick Batik Jelly Roll Quilt – Modified Plus

Hi Everyone!

 It has been forever, right? I know, I’m sorry.  See, no one told me when I decided to start this blog a little over a year ago that I would be cheating on it with summer.  There was just too much going on and if there is sunshine, well, I need to be outside!

In addition to running, biking and paddle boarding I was commissioned to create two batik style quilts and so the Falling Charms quilt had to take a back seat for paying gigs.  My apologies, but guess what? I have the first of the two batik quilts ready to show you as a kind of peace-offering for neglecting you all so much this summer?

While I know that we need to finish up the Falling Charms quilt (trust me…it is coming very soon) I wanted to show you the two quilts that I did as contracts over the summer.  One was for my Uncle Steve and one was a service swap for an exterminator. Have I mentioned that my house was built in the early 70s and has some ‘quirks’?  Well anyway both of the clients liked batiks so I figured I would show you them in a couple of posts.  First up the quilt for my Uncle.

I am going to call this the Batik Plus quilt, get it? 😉 You are going to be amazed at how easy this quilt is! Here’s the finished product; ready to get started? Let’s Go!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Jelly Roll (I used a Treat Strip from Timeless Treasures that I bought at my local quilt shop.) This one was Lemon Poppy.
  • Yardage for the inner border
  • Yardage for the outer border
  • Yardage for the backing Fabric

Start by opening up your Bali-Pop (this is really the best part right? Seeing what fabulous colors await you!)

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For this quilt I wanted to emphasize the modified-plus sign by using the light strips in the middle.  Once you open you pop you will want to group them in 3s keeping a light strip as the top for each one.  This process took me a bit trying to get the right contrast, etc.  Here is an example of one of one of the triplicate strips.

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If you look closely at the quilt above you will see that not all the ‘pluses’ have matching centers.  Hint: It’s the middle vertical row.  This is okay because most of the centers matched, but the corresponding two strips did not.  Why did I do this? Well, it’s simple really when working with pre-cuts you get to work with what is given.  That, to me, is why I love pre-cuts.

The next step is to sew your sets of three together. You will want to make sure that your light color is always on top (as per the picture above).  Use a 1/4” seam and press them to whichever side you feel most comfortable.

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Next you will want to cut the strips into your squares.  Since we want them to be squares you will need to measure the width of your strip set and cut accordingly. This is where accurate or consistent 1/4” seams will be crucial. Meaning, if your sewn together strip width is 6.5” then you need to cut at 6.5”. Luckily most of your blocks will be at 6.5” with accurate seams.

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Once you have all of your blocks cut we can now arrange them on our project wall, bed, floor. You will have a few inches of scraps…unless you are like me and accidentally mis-measure a time or two! Plus these left overs will be great for a table runner? Maybe a cute bag?

All you have to do to get the modified plus sign is to simply rotate your squares!  Like I said, this is a quick one.  I think deciding on the final layout took me longer than the actual assembly.

Here is shot of the block:

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Okay let’s get assembling, shall we?
First off we need to match the center seams.  What is great is that because we always pressed to one side most of them should be able to be nested. Start by sewing the top left and top right 6.5” blocks together.

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Notice how one is horizontal and one is vertical?  Trust me, there will be at least one block where you stitch it, press it, and cock your head and think ‘hmm that doesn’t look right’. It’s okay, we all do it. (I, at least, like to think we all do it so please don’t correct me if I’m wrong. It makes my blonde hair feel better. 😉 )

Once you’ve stitched the top left and top right 6.5” squares together repeat with the bottom left and the bottom right.  Now it is time to match the center seams and complete the full 12” block.  Deep breathe…ready, Set, GO!

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Start by linking up the center seam (hopefully nest-able) and pin.  Like a carpenter “measure twice, cut once” a quilter will “line up twice, pin once, rip…none!”

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Once finished press your seams and check your work.

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With pinning you should have a perfectly matched center seam every time.

For final assembly you will want to follow how we read; in rows left to right.

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After all the rows are complete you can add a border if you want a bigger quilt.  Since my uncle wanted a twin sized quilt I added a border. Plus I like the way it frames the modified plus signs.

The border is relatively easy except if you have never had to extend a piece to fit.  You will want to miter the edges for this so it lays flat and minimized seam bulk when quilting.  If you have followed other tutorials of mine you are a pro at this now, but if not let’s dive in! 😉

First you will want right sides together in an ‘L’ shape just overlapping each other like above.  Then you will stitch corner to corner. Simple as that.  Once you have stitched simply trim the large ‘dog ear’ or excess past 1/4” seam and you now have your angled edge. Make sure when you trim you leave at least that 1/4” like you had cut it prior to sewing.  The last thing you want is for your border to unravel.

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Now you can attached the border then it is off to quilting and binding.

I promise to have the old ‘Quilting and Binding’ tutorial up soon so you can refer to it.  Until then, if you have any questions on spray batting, quilting and or binding please leave me a comment and I will help as best I can or shoot an email over to notmygrandmasquilts@gmail.com.

Until next time, which I promise will be very soon (I have a big announcement coming!)

Happy Quilting,
Crystal